2016 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

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2016 The Citadel Bulldogs football
The Citadel Athletics script.svg
Southern Conference champion
Conference Southern Conference
Ranking
STATS No. 10
FCS Coaches No. 9
2016 record 10–2 (8–0 SoCon)
Head coach Brent Thompson (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Lou Conte
Offensive scheme Triple Option
Defensive coordinator Blake Harrell
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 21,000)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#10 The Citadel $^   8 0         10 2  
#13 Chattanooga ^   6 2         9 4  
#9 Wofford ^   6 2         10 4  
#23 Samford ^   5 3         7 5  
Mercer   4 4         6 5  
Furman   3 5         3 8  
East Tennessee State   2 6         5 6  
VMI   1 7         3 8  
Western Carolina   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2016 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bulldogs were led by first-year head coach Brent Thompson and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium, they played as members of the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936.

With their win over Samford on November 4, the Bulldogs clinched their second consecutive, and fourth overall, SoCon championship. By virtue of their victory over VMI on November 12, 2016, The Citadel completed their first undefeated SoCon season in program history and claimed the championship outright, the win over VMI also marked the second time in program history that the Bulldogs earned double digit wins in one season, after winning 11 games in 1992.

They finished the season 10–2, 8–0 in SoCon play to win the SoCon title, they received the SoCon's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs where they lost in the second round to Wofford.

Schedule[edit]

The Bulldogs planned to host North Greenville for their traditional Parents' Day game on October 8, and will face Samford for Homecoming.[1] Due to Hurricane Matthew, the game against North Greenville took place at NGU's Younts Stadium in Tigerville, South Carolina on Thursday, October 6.[2]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 7:00 PM at Mercer No. 15 Moye ComplexMacon, GA FSN W 24–23   12,542
September 10 6:00 PM Furman No. 15 Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC (Rivalry) ESPN3 W 19–14   12,009
September 17 6:00 PM at Gardner–Webb* No. 15 Ernest W. Spangler StadiumBoiling Springs, NC BSN W 31–24   6,850
October 1 3:30 PM at Western Carolina No. 9 Bob Waters Field at E. J. Whitmire StadiumCullowhee, NC ESPN3 W 37–14   12,283
October 6 7:00 PM at North Greenville* No. 9 Younts StadiumTigerville, SC ESPN3 W 38–14   5,435
October 15 3:00 PM No. 5 Chattanooga No. 8 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC FSN W 22–14   14,590
October 22 1:30 PM at Wofford No. 5 Gibbs StadiumSpartanburg, SC ESPN3 W 24–21 OT  11,102
October 29 2:00 PM East Tennessee State No. 5 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC ESPN3 W 45–10   12,978
November 5 2:00 PM No. 20 Samforddagger No. 5 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC ESPN3 W 37–34 OT  15,015
November 12 1:30 PM at VMI No. 5 Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, VA (Military Classic of the South) ESPN3 W 30–20   8,251
November 19 3:30 PM at North Carolina* No. 5 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ACCN+ L 7–41   41,000
December 3 6:00 PM No. 19 Wofford* No. 6 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC (FCS Playoffs Second Round) ESPN3 L 3–17   10,336
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from STATS FCS released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Stadium issues[edit]

In 2016, The Citadel determined that lead paint needed remediation on the east (visitor's) side of Johnson Hagood Stadium, the work resulted in the entire east side being closed for the first game of the season against Furman and some sections being opened for subsequent games. The capacity was thus 10,500 for the first game and about 15,000 for later games.[3][4][5]

Game summaries[edit]

Mercer[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Bulldogs 21 0 0 3 24
Bears 10 10 3 0 23
  • Date: September 1, 2016
  • Location: Moye Complex, Macon, GA
  • Game start: 7:00 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:49
  • Game attendance: 12,542
  • Game weather: 86°F • ESE 12 • Mostly cloudy
  • Referee: Larry Saunders
  • TV announcers (FSN): Darren Goldwater, Ray Goff, Lyndsay Rowley
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–4–1 2015 W 21–19

Furman[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Paladins 7 0 7 0 14
#15 Bulldogs 7 6 0 6 19
  • Date: September 10, 2016
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 6:00 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:53
  • Game attendance: 12,009
  • Referee: Marshall Lewis
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Kevin Fitzgerald, Saddath Jean-Pierre
Overall record Last meeting Result
34–58–3 2015 W 38–17

Gardner–Webb[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Bulldogs 7 7 7 10 31
Runnin' Bulldogs 7 3 7 7 24
  • Date: September 17, 2016
  • Location: Ernest W. Spangler Stadium, Boiling Springs, NC
  • Game start: 6:00 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:34
  • Game attendance: 6,850
  • Game weather: 83°F • SE 4 • 48% humidity
  • Referee: Henry Johns
  • TV announcers (BSN): Fabian Fuentes, Alex Guest
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2014 W 37–14

Western Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Bulldogs 7 20 7 3 37
Catamounts 0 0 7 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–16–1 2015 W 28–10

North Greenville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Bulldogs 7 14 14 3 38
Crusaders 7 7 0 0 14
  • Date: October 6, 2016
  • Location: Younts Stadium, Tigerville, SC
  • Game start: 7:00 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:48
  • Game attendance: 5,435
  • Game weather: 71°F • NE 8 • Sunny
  • Referee: Thomas Graham
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Kevin Fitzgerald, Sadath Jean-Pierre
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Chattanooga[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Mocs 7 7 0 0 14
#8 Bulldogs 7 10 2 3 22
  • Date: October 15, 2016
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 3:00 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:44
  • Game attendance: 14,590
  • Referee: Bob Johnson
  • TV announcers (FSN): Kevin Fitzgerald, Sadath Jean-Pierre
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–29–2 2015 L 23–31

Wofford[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
#5 Bulldogs 0 0 7 14 3 24
Terriers 7 3 3 8 0 21
  • Date: October 22, 2016
  • Location: Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, SC
  • Game start: 1:30 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 11,102
  • Referee: Larry Adcock
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Mark Hauser, Thom Henson
Overall record Last meeting Result
41–26–1 2015 W 39–12

East Tennessee State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 7 3 0 10
#5 Bulldogs 14 17 0 14 45
  • Date: October 29, 2016
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 2:00 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:56
  • Game attendance: 12,978
  • Referee: Marshall Lewis
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Kevin Fitzgerald, Sadath Jean-Pierre
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–15 2003 L 13–16

Samford[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
#20 Bulldogs (SAM) 7 13 0 14 0 34
#5 Bulldogs (CIT) 7 7 7 13 3 37
  • Date: November 5, 2016
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 2:00 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:24
  • Game attendance: 15,015
  • Referee: Edwin Lee
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Kevin Fitzgerald, Sadath Jean-Pierre
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 2015 W 44–25

VMI[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Bulldogs 10 7 6 7 30
Keydets 0 7 13 0 20
  • Date: November 12, 2016
  • Location: Alumni Memorial Stadium, Lexington, VA
  • Game start: 1:30 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 8,251
  • Game weather: Low 50's • 3–5 MPH • Cool, clear, not bad
  • Referee: Larry Saunders
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Wade Branner, Dave Harding
Overall record Last meeting Result
39–30–2 2015 W 35–14

North Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Bulldogs 0 0 0 7 7
Tar Heels 14 17 10 0 41
  • Date: November 19, 2016
  • Location: Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Game start: 3:30 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:55
  • Game attendance: 41,000
  • Game weather: 68°F • Variable • Mostly sunny
  • Referee: Gary Patterson
  • TV announcers (ACCN+): Dan Gutowsky, John Gregory
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 2009 L 6–40

FCS Playoffs[edit]

Second Round–Wofford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Terriers 0 0 3 14 17
#6 Bulldogs 3 0 0 0 3
  • Date: December 3, 2016
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 6:00 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:51
  • Game attendance: 10,336
  • Referee: Charlie Jebran
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Greg Mescall, Stan Lewter
Overall record Last meeting Result
42–26–1 10/22/16 W 24–21 OT

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS 15 15 15 10 9 9 8 5 (5) 5 (3) 5 (3) 5 (7) 5 (6) 6 10 
Coaches 15 16 15 10 10 9 9 6 7 7 6 6 6 9 
FCS Playoffs Not released 6 6 6 Not released

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Citadel Sets 2016 Schedule". The Citadel Bulldogs. August 20, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ Jeff Hartsell (October 4, 2016). "Citadel football game moved to Thursday at North Greenville". Charleston, SC: Post and Courier. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ Jeff Hartsell (August 29, 2016). "Citadel considers tearing down visitors' side at Johnson Hagood Stadium". Post and Courier. Charleston, SC. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ Jeff Hartsell (September 9, 2016). "Citadel football returns to (half of) Johnson Hagood Stadium". Post and Courier. Charleston, SC. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ Jeff Hartsell (October 11, 2016). "Citadel home at last, with nation's best 4 road wins". Post and Courier. Charleston, SC. Retrieved October 12, 2016.